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Tourist Places To Visit In Sapa
Sapa is a dream for adventurers and young families alike. Being in the lap of nature is something continues to draw visitors from far and near as Sapa is home to some of the most stunning natural wonders on offer in Vietnam. Some of the best places to visit here include the highest mountain top in the country, Fan Si Pan as well as the stunning Muong Hoa Valley and Silver Waterfall. Additionally, there are also places like the Notre Dame Cathedral Sapa and the Sapa Museum that give visitors a deeper understanding of this hill-station’s troubled past and how it has recovered its former glory. Sapa is undoubtedly one of Vietnam’s most beloved destinations.
Fan Si Pan Mountain
Nearly 3143 meters above sea level, this is the highest peak in Vietnam and is also one of the best places to visit. The mountain offers unique trekking paths and camping spots that continue to grow in popularity with tourists from all over the world. While it can take almost a week to get to the summit, the panoramic views from the top are spectacular.
Also known as Thac Bac waterfall, this picturesque natural wonder is another of the most popular tourist spots in Sapa. It is located 30 minutes outside the main town and is best visited in the dry season when visibility is high. Weather permitting, visitors are recommended to climb up 30 meters to enjoy the gorgeous views on offer of the surrounding landscape.
Muong Hoa Valley
The valley is an ideal place to visit for nature lovers as it offers visitors a chance to discover more about the indigenous tribes of the region who have their settlements here as well as the local flora and fauna. There are several trekking paths here along the Muong Hoa River as well some camping sites where adventurous visitors can unwind.
Notre Dame Cathedral Sapa
A fantastic example of early French architecture, this unmistakable cathedral continues to be one of the most visited tourist spots. Unlike a lot of similar structures, this cathedral is made purely from stone which gives it a unique visual presence. It is open to the public on weekends which is a great time for photography enthusiasts to shoot some of the local priests going about their daily routines.
Bac Ha Sunday Market
This is arguably the best place to visit on a Sunday morning as it serves as cultural hub of the region, where many of the indigenous tribes and villagers of Sapa gather to trade their local produce. It gives visitors a deeper insight into rural Vietnamese life. It is also a great opportunity for visitors to pick up some of the most exquisite handicrafts and handmade clothing items.
Tram Ton Pass
1900 meters high, the route between Lai Chau and Sapa is called Tram Ton Pass or Heaven’s Gate. It is one of the best places to visit owing to the stunning surrounding natural landscape and panoramic viewpoints on offer. During sunrise and sunset, photographers are recommended to head up to the pass and shoot the countryside as the natural light rises and fades.
The museum is a great place to visit for historians and people generally curious about Sapa’s history through the French colonization, the war with America and the civil war that have all left an indelible mark on this hill-station. There are informative photos, artefacts and scriptures that are sure to fascinate visitors.